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Living with 290


“I was in prison for 15 years on a sex offense (288), and was just told that I will be on probation, Post release community supervision. How will this be different than parole?

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It isn’t really different. You will be assigned a probation officer, take polygraphs, pay any fees, complete SO management course, and follow a number of rules. I guess there are specific reason why there are different names, but it is all the same. You will be closely watched for a period of time.

The big difference is that if you are violation free for the entire first year they have to cut you loose and you get to vote. I know because I was PRCS.

Probation is 100% harder then parole and requires GPS tracking device, check ins once a month and home visits every other month.
Parole is more laid back you still gotta check in once a month and home visits but they have a little bit more freedom as long as their honest and up front with their PO they don’t get violated as much as people on probation.

Good luck

You’re so wrong.

I’m on probation and have never worn a GPS device. Neither have any of the 15+ guys in my group over the two years. I haven’t had a home visit in 1.5 years. I have been on for 2 years and should be terminated from it any day due to AB 1950 being retroactive, but they are dragging their feet.

Everyone on parole I have come across has an ankle monitor and far more restrictions than I do.

Both have monthly check ins with officers, although I don’t.

It depends on your probation or parole officer.

There is no right or wrong answer everyone’s probation and parole conditions are different depending on what type of crime they committed
some have to some dont it all depends

Last edited 4 months ago by AERO1

The experiences of myself and my friend were the exact opposite of what you stated. My 5 year probation period involved wearing no device and I got a fairly reasonable officer assigned to me for the entirety of that period, whereas my friend had to wear his ankle monitor for 5 years straight (he was originally given 3 years but the judge extended it), at times got harassing phone calls at any given hour if he was anywhere near restricted areas, and had to go through several parole officers during his period, some of whom were far more difficult than others. They were constantly all up in his business. I’m amazed they didn’t violate him given how they would often stack the odds against him. Thankfully, he’s done now.

Last edited 3 months ago by Free Again

I believe you will be monitored by probation rather than parole, and to my knowledge, PRCS is a maximum of 1 year provided there are no violations. It is part of the re-alignment to have certain non violent, non serious offenses serve their time in jail rather than in prison, but you were already in prison when this was decided.You can look up AB 109: Eligible 1170(h) Felonies List.

Best answer yet!
Know the law.
For a society that ” claims” to depend on “citizens knowing” of law, how is it our kids are not intentionally indoctrinated in the subject of law in our early public schools. We’ve so much law we have to specialize in law topics. We’ve codes coming out of the wazzoo! The only reason for lawyers is for interpretation because some folks don’t attempt to read it, or can not read it. Not to mention tests of ” constitutional abidance” are convoluted to say the least. The Smith court was looking at ex-post language in statute in black and white and in glaring bold faced font.
As intelligent as a high court claims to be, how the heck?…Isn’t the right question. Why the heck is!

After 15 years…How long on Probation Post release?
Reason I am asking is that my love one was looking at 27 years if he chose to go to trial or a 12 year plea deal. All charges were behind the screen and non-violent. In California we are hearing that parolees are sentenced to 20 years parole upon released. As a family we are shocked an apauled at this 20 parole because when he went in our family was told parole typically is 5 maybe 8 years upon release. So after the 12 years please (which he served 7+ year after milestones and good behavior) but now with the laws the way they are to possibly be receiving a 20 year parole our loved one and our family are still being put through the original 27 year sentence. How is that possible?

If your loved one was not sentenced to a crime classified as “violent” or “serious” against a minor under 14, then more than likely your period of parole/probation will be three years. All “violent” and “serious” sex offenses are hands-on.

Not true, I was a PC 311 and was classified as “nonviolent” and “serious”. So not all “serious” sex offenses are hands on.

If on probation you will have to pay for your own required counseling and on parole it is paid by the state. It can get very expensive. This can violate your probation if you cannot pay. More programs are available for people on parole. People on probation have to figure it out themselves. Be careful because it makes no sense that you will be on probation right out of a long prison sentence. They might be limiting your resources for help to mess with you. Probation Officers tend to lie and not know the law. They will impose conditions harsher than parole officers many times. Good Luck. My husband has gone through a lot of this so I am very familiar. ….my advice…..Pray! and pay attention to everything they tell you and Don’t tell you!

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